A press conference was held on Monday by Christian Estrosi, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Council in Paris, at the headquarters of ACF (Automobile Club de France). Since that meeting it is a known fact that the Formula One French Grand Prix will be born again in 2018 at Circuit Paul Ricard, where it will be organised for at least five years.
Much ground has been travelled since 19 April 1970 and the official inaugural session of Circuit Paul Ricard. The efforts first made by visionary leader Paul-Ricard are therefore to go on, in the finest style, highlighted by the F1 French Grand Prix which returns to the circuit he himself built and financed.
Thanks to a dossier put together at the prompting of the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the return of the race owes a great deal to the efforts of Council President Christian Estrosi.
During Monday’s press conference, among other things he stressed that a community having a facility like this was duty bound to contribute to the service of the country and local economy.
Will the return of the French F1 Grand Prix change things at the Paul Ricard race-track?
"I think so”, said Stéphane Clair, “I think it will change the lives of a lot of local people and of the French people as a whole. Because we have really done it, the F1 is coming back to France, at the Circuit Paul Ricard. It's wonderful news.
"Evidently, this is an excellent return on all of the hard work that has been done, even if there is still a lot to do before 2018, to be fully prepared to receive the many spectators as well as television viewers from all over the world.
"We must not forget that F1 is also an excellent way for our region to present itself to the world; this will be an unbeatable advert for local tourism."
And the General Manager of the Paul Ricard race-track finished with:"It is important to be glamorous and remain accessible to all."